How to create the perfect garden in Harry and Meghan’s interview backdrop

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A gardening expert has analysed the beautiful garden where Meghan and Harry’s ground-breaking interview took place. The interview was reportedly filmed at a house close to Meghan and Harry’s home in Santa Barbara, California. There is speculation that it is the garden of Oprah Winfrey’s close friend, Gayle King. Angela Slater from Hayes Gardening World has analysed the garden scene and explains how you can achieve a similar rustic setting at home.

Paving stones

The first consideration when planning your outdoor living space is; what are you going to put on the floor?

The garden in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has reclaimed brick-style pavers, which give the feel of age and a sense that the space has served a purpose for many years.

There are plenty of flooring styles available from painted concrete, tiles made from recycled tyres, wooden floorboards and porcelain tiles.


A dedicated outdoor rug can add a touch of softness and make the outdoors more like an extension of your indoor living space.

If you have elderly relatives or children running around make sure the rug is absolutely flat and not curling at the corners as tripping over the rug is one of the commonest causes of household accidents.

Casual seating

The Sussex’s garden has chosen furniture which would suit both classic English styles and urban chic. It is a mixture of deep comfy cushions, modern styling and a touch of the colonial tropics.

Garden furniture available nowadays is constructed from the best quality materials which makes it very long-lasting with virtually no maintenance.

Resin weave furniture is still extremely popular and maintenance-free suiting both a modern outdoor living space and a traditional English garden.

Columns with vines

The columns in the Sussex’s garden help give the feel of a classic yet modern Mediterranean garden and also delineates the outdoor living space while providing support for growing climbers. 

Achieve a similar effect with a standard pergola from your local garden centre. Plant with climbing roses or honeysuckle for a traditional English garden or for a Mediterranean feel, opt for ornamental golden hop, grapevines or the deliciously scented Star Jasmine.

Lawn area

If you have children a distinctive play area is essential, particularly important is to surround the area with tough plants which can easily recover from a few footballs.

A lawn is a great surface for children as it provides a fairly soft landing and if incorporated as part of the garden scheme it can be within sight of the adult seating area.

Coffee table

A coffee table is an essential for glasses, coffee cups, books, tablets, phones and other paraphernalia and adding a small plant just reinforces the sense of the area being a room and an extension of the house.

Relaxed planting

A soft informal planting scheme is restful on the eye and provides a boundary to the seating area.

Have a mixture of climbers, tall shrubs, mid-level and low sprawling plants.

Scented plants such as lavender, rosemary and thyme surrounding the seating area give off a calming de-stressing aroma at the end of the day.

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Grouping pots and containers

Even if you don’t have a growing area you can still have the feel of a garden by grouping together clusters of containers. Planters can be used to just define the edges of the seating area and further enhance the feeling that it is another intimate separate room.

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